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German-Israeli Frontiers of the Humanities Symposium – GISFOH

In January 2009, the Academy signed an agreement with the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to collaborate on a series of multidisciplinary conferences for young scholars in the humanities. The annual conferences, held alternately in Israel and in Germany, involve about fifty young Israeli and German researchers from all fields of the humanities and social sciences. Each year, four young Israeli scholars from various fields and four young German scholars from parallel fields are selected to serve as the organizing committee for the conference to be held that year.
 
The series aims to bring together outstanding young researchers from the two countries, to encourage the exchange of ideas across disciplines and national borders, to challenge the scholars to think and investigate beyond the confines of their particular field of knowledge, and to give them the opportunity to create connections, exchange ideas, inspire each other and collaborate.
 
Academy Member Prof. Margalit Finkelberg coordinates the project on behalf of the Academy.
The agreement signed between the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Israel Academy joins Israel with an elite group of countries: To date, the German foundation has signed similar agreements with the United States, Brazil, Britain, India, Turkey, Japan and China.
 
Under the agreement, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation established the Connect program, designed to support joint ventures by GISFOH conference participants. So far, 36 such projects have received support.
 
The 9th conference – September 2017 in Kibbutz Ma’alei Hahamisha, near Jerusalem
Israeli members of the organizing committee:
Dr. Iris Idelson-Shein (History)
Dr. Arin Salamah-Qudsi (Arabic Language and Literature)
Dr. David Rotman (Hebrew Literature)
Dr. Sinai Rusinek (Digital Humanities)
 
The 8th conference – September 2016 in Potsdam, Germany
Israeli members of the organizing committee:
Dr. Ariadne Konstantinou (Literature and Classical Studies)
Dr. Inna Leykin (Russian Studies)
Dr. Amit Pinchevsky (Communications and Media)
Dr. Sagi Shefer (Contemporary History)
 
 
The 7th conference – October 2015 in Kibbutz Tzuba, near Jerusalem
Israeli members of the organizing committee:
Dr. Dalit Assouline (Linguistics)
Dr. Naama Cohen-Hanegbi (Medieval History)
Dr. Tali Hatuka (Urban Studies)
Dr. Liat Kozma (Gender Studies)
 
The 6th conference – September 2014 in Potsdam, Germany
Israeli members of the organizing committee:
Dr. Ruth Ginio (African Studies)
Dr. Inbal Ofer (Social History)
Dr. Noam Reisner (English Literature)
Dr. Noam Yuran (Philosophy)
 
 
The 5th conference – September-October 2013 in Kibbutz Tzuba
Israeli members of the organizing committee:
Dr. Raz Chen-Morris (History of Science)
Dr. Tal Gilead (Education)
Dr. Claudia Kedar (Iberian Studies)
Dr. Dana Olmert (Comparative Literature)
 
 
The 4th conference – September 2012 in Potsdam, Germany
Israeli members of the organizing committee:
Dr. Sharon Aronson-Lehavi (Theater Studies)
Dr. Orna Naftali (East Asian Studies)
Dr. Galit Noga-Banai (History of Art)
Dr. Nurit Stadler (Social Anthropology)
 
 
The 3rd conference – November 2011 in Kibbutz Tzuba
Israeli members of the organizing committee:
Dr. Yuval Eylon (Philosophy)
Dr. Avraham Faust (Archeology)
Dr. Yossi Maurey (Musicology)
Dr. Dmitri Shumsky (Modern History)
 
 
The 2nd conference – October 2010 in Potsdam, Germany
Israeli members of the organizing committee:
Dr. Tamar Hess (Literature)
Dr. Rami Reiner (Religious Studies)
Dr. Andrea Rotstein (Classical Studies)
Dr. Zur Shalev (History)
 
 
The 1st conference – December 2009 in Kibbutz Tzuba
Israeli members of the organizing committee:
Prof. Michal Biran (Islamic Studies)
Prof. Orna Harari (Greek Philosophy)
Dr. Eran Neuman (Architecture)
Dr. Diego Olstein (History)